Grayson County officials reported two new positive cases of COVID-19 during Thursday afternoon's press briefing.

The patients are a 19-year-old female Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation employee, whose positive test result was returned Wednesday, and another 19-year-old female Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation employee, whose positive test result was returned Thursday. 

Grayson County Judge Executive Kevin Henderson also provided an update on the three patients currently hospitalized.

He said the two Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation residents currently hospitalized are in stable condition, and the 66-year-old male who is not a resident of the nursing facility is currently in stable condition in another, higher acuity medical facility.

With Thursday's test results, the total number of Grayson County residents tested for COVID-19 has risen to 297, with 26 testing positive (five of whom have recovered and one of whom has died), 229 testing negative, and 42 test results pending.

Grayson County Public Health Director Josh Embry said that, starting Thursday afternoon, officials would begin testing all residents of Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation, and plans are being formulated to test all employees of the facility in the coming days as well. 

With a typical turn-around time of about 48 hours on test results, officials anticipate a significant number will be returned this weekend, so the county will hold press briefings this Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. to inform the public of the results. 

Also during Thursday's press briefing, Henderson read a statement from Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Administrator Jeff Baxley, which reads as follows: 

Dear Citizens of Grayson County: 

We would like to once again thank everyone for their prayers and support you have and continue showing us. Our commitment is still very strong to continue to give the best possible care to our residents. 

We would like to inform everyone that we are calling family members or the appropriate parties to give positive test results as they come in. We are still urging people to continue calling the facility with any questions or concerns. Again, please call Melinda Fulkerson, Katy Newton or Julie Lee at 270-259-3676.

Thank you, 

Jeff Baxley, Administrator

Henderson then reminded the community that Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation is in desperate need of CNAs, as well as nurses, and those who would be willing to help are encouraged to call the facility at the above phone number.